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Can you spot the big mistake in Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s nude Rolling Stone cover?

Hint: It's got nothing to do with airbrushing.


Miles Klee


Posted on Apr 9, 2014   Updated on May 31, 2021, 12:24 pm CDT

Stare at the new issue of Rolling Stone awhile and you may notice something odd. No, it’s not that Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus appears to be aging backward. Think bigger. Think historic.

My sis ladies & gents.All of her. “@OfficialJLD:“I was in a drunken stupor” cc: @RollingStone

— Lauren Bowles (@LaurenEBowles) April 9, 2014

Give up? Then you may want another crack at the sixth grade:

Pro tip: John Hancock didn’t sign the Constitution

— JustinGreen5000 (@JGreenDC) April 9, 2014

Yes, John Hancock’s signature, though famously enormous and well-flourished, does not appear on the U.S. Constitution—rather it’s the Declaration of Independence that bears his massive mark. But Americans do tend to think of their founding fathers as a unit, don’t they?  

here you go Justin George Washington at the top MT @JGreenDC: Pro tip: John Hancock didn’t sign the Constitution

— darth™ (@darth) April 9, 2014

Louis-Dreyfus, however, seemed to indicate that she and Rolling Stone—which has yet to comment on the matter—were in on the joke, alluding to a hapless White House staff character on her HBO political comedy as the guy responsible for the gaffe. Makes sense!

Hancock signed Dec. of Independence NOT Constitution.Yet another Mike fuck-up.Dummy.#veep #crackexcuse @VeepHBO @mrmattwalsh cc@rollingstone

— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) April 9, 2014

Whether intentional or not, John Hancock’s John Hancock here is likely to leave the country even more confused than it was. Who can keep all these little details straight?


— Hugo Hackenbush (@MangyLover) April 9, 2014

Oh, well. It’s not like the media does such a great job of fact-checking the present, either.

H/T Daily News | Photo by stan.faryna/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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*First Published: Apr 9, 2014, 3:13 pm CDT